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Reaume Heating and Cooling is a West Michigan based heating and cooling company that puts their customers first. We know that when your air conditioner goes out in the middle of the summer, you need help, and you need it now. We service, repair, and install all makes and models of air conditioning units, and with more than 40 years in the industry, we can fix any AC issue quickly and correctly. When you call Reaume Heating and Cooling, know that your emergency, installation, or repair will be taken care of efficiently, and by professionals who know exactly what they’re doing.
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We have more than 40 years of experience serving and repairing residential HVAC equipment. We are the West Michigan Lakeshore’s most trusted source for residential air conditioner installation, repair and maintenance.
RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE AND REPAIR
If you’re experiencing problems with your current AC system, are looking for a new HVAC unit, or just need repairs, call the experts at Reaume Heating and Cooling. Our professional staff know exactly what they are doing, and will be able to get your AC back up and running in no time. Just let us know how we can help!
Types of Air Conditioners
Maybe you’re buying a new home, or maybe your old AC unit is on its last legs. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for a new air conditioner, it’s helpful to know all of your options. So, we’ve created this list of the top most popular air conditioner models to give you a little bit of information. Split up by room and whole-home units, you’re sure to find an air conditioner on this list that fits your family’s needs and budget.
Room AC Units
Portable Air Conditioner: Probably the cheapest option, these air conditioners are best for small areas that need to be cooled. They’re freestanding, easy to move, and installation takes just a few minutes. The great thing about them is that you can move them from room to room, wherever you need cool air, and there’s no permanent installation. The downside is that they can be noisy, and they’re not usually as efficient as a permanent air conditioning unit. They do require some ventilation, and you can even find models with heat, for year round use.
Window Air Conditioner: While it’s likely that you’re already familiar with this model, a window air conditioner is set up in a standard window. This provides a perfectly ventilated system, as the hot air exhaust is outside of the window, while the cool air return system is in the home. If you’re looking for a room air conditioner, this is probably your best option. They’re energy efficient, and can cool both large and small spaces. Higher-end ones even come with a programmable timer, so your window AC unit doesn’t have to run constantly.
Through the Wall Air Conditioners: Functioning very similarly to window AC units, a through-the-wall air conditioner is designed to fit into a hole in your wall. While they can be more difficult to install, since you’ll have to cut into the wall, and it’s difficult to set up a proper ventilation system, they do have higher cooling capacities than window AC models. Also, where a window AC unit is easily installed on your own, you’ll likely need a professional to ensure that your through-the-wall unit is set up properly.
Heat Pumps: Perfect for milder climates, a standard heat pump pulls hot air out of your home in the summer months, and pumps heat in from outside air in the winter. Unfortunately, a heat pump can’t handle extended periods below freezing temperatures, making them ill-suited to Michigan weather. If you really like the heat pump method, a geothermal option does exist, that pumps heat out of the ground, instead of the air, making it suitable for harsher weather conditions. This is a great, highly-energy efficient option, but it’s important to note that installation is likely to cost as much as 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system.
Central AC Units
Split System Air Conditioner: The most common type of central air conditioning in the U.S., you’ve probably at least seen, or heard, the whirring of the outdoor component. This split system is made up of an outdoor unit, that houses the condenser coil and the compressor, and an indoor unit, that houses the blower and is connected to the ducts in your home. The outdoor unit releases heat, and pumps refrigerant to the indoor unit, which blows the cool air through the ducts. Most people invest in this system because it is relatively energy efficient, and is cheaper to install, as it is hooked up to the existing ducts system in your home.
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner: This is a great option for those who don’t have an existing duct system. With this system, you can still enjoy full-home AC without having to go through the lengthy, expensive process of installing ducts throughout your home. Similar to a regular split system, the mini-split does have an outdoor unit, but that is connected to multiple units indoors that function independently. This provides you with the benefit of “zoning” or controlling different areas differently. Say you have an indoor unit in the living room and in a bedroom. If the living room receives direct sunlight, it might need to be kept cooler than the bedroom, which a ductless mini-split system gives you the power to do.
The only downside to a ductless system is that it may cost more to install than other AC unit options. However, when you factor in the inconvenience and price of having an entire ductwork system installed, and then a central air conditioning unit after that, you might just be saving money with the mini-split system. Add that to the money you’ll save on your energy bill with this high-efficiency option, and this might just be the perfect option for your home.
Evaporative Coolers: Also known as swamp coolers, these units are are less common, but very useful for dry climates. They pull fresh outdoor air through moist pads, where the air is cooled by evaporation, giving the system its name. The cooler air then circulates through the house.
These are a great energy saving option, reducing cooling costs by as much as 75%, since they only require electricity to run the fan component. While an evaporative cooler is energy efficient, and can lower the temperature of outside air by as much as 30 degrees, it’s not as effective in humid areas, since humid air can only carry so much additional moisture. It’s best to talk to your contractor to see if your climate will support an evaporative cooler, and if the cost will outweigh the benefits.
Common Air Conditioning Failure Warning Signs
The last thing anyone wants to happen in the middle of a scorching Michigan summer is the AC to go out. The heat combined with oppressive humidity makes it difficult to even breathe in the middle of July. So, here’s some common problems to watch for on your AC unit, to make sure you avoid that awful outcome:
Water is leaking: If you see water leaking from your AC unit or by the HVAC unit at all, you should probably call a professional. This can be a sign that the drain line is clogged or disconnected, or it could point to a bigger problem. It’s a good idea to call someone as soon as you see the problem, because the longer you leave it, the worse the leaking is likely to get.
Unit constantly cycles on and off: If your system is constantly running, you might have a thermostat malfunction. This one isn’t usually an easy fix, so you should call a professional to inspect the thermostat, and then you might also consider having the condenser, evaporator unit, and fan cleaned.
It’s not getting cold enough: If you’re noticing that your home really isn’t getting as cool as it should, there’s a few things you can do. Check to make sure that nothing is blocking the outdoor condenser unit. Sometimes plants and debris get in the way, blocking air flow, which means your unit can’t cool as much air. You might also have to clean or replace the filter. If none of these quick fixes seem to do the trick, you’ll likely have to call a professional to replace insulation on the refrigerant line.
Your utility bills seem excessive: Usually, a spike in utility bills means something is functioning inefficiently. If you’ve recently checked your air filters, and those seem clean, the you might have an issue with your condensing coil. Check your outdoor unit: if the fins seem extra dirty, it’s probably time for a cleaning, which will help reduce that utility bill too.
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